Brazil likely to create ethanol import quota, tax imports above it

SAO PAULO (Reuters) — The Brazilian government is likely to adopt a quota system for ethanol imports, allowing 600 MM liters into the country per year free of tax and imposing a 20% tariff on volumes in excess of that quota, cane industry group Unica said on Monday.

US ethanol makers steer away from fuel, reach for booze

CHICAGO (Reuters) — A US glut of fuel-grade ethanol has major producers, including Green Plains Inc and industry pioneer Archer Daniels Midland Co, pursuing other markets and idling excess capacity in an effort to rebuild sagging margins.

EIA: US fuel ethanol production continues to grow in 2017

Through the first six months of 2017, US weekly ethanol production averaged 1.02 MMbpd, an increase of 5% over the same period in 2016. On a weekly basis, US ethanol production set a record of 1.06 MMbpd in the week of Jan. 27, and it has averaged near or above 1 MMbpd in every week of 2017 except for a few weeks in April, when ethanol plants typically undergo seasonal maintenance. If ethanol production remains relatively high through the second half of the year, as EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) expects, 2017 will set a new record for annual fuel ethanol production.

US ethanol production capacity continues to increase

Fuel ethanol production capacity in the United States reached 15.5 Bgal/yr, or 1.01 MMbpd, at the beginning of 2017, according to EIA's most recent US Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity report. Total capacity of operable ethanol plants increased by about 4%—or by more than 600 MMgal/yr—between January 2016 and January 2017.

INEOS to construct PDH unit, increase cracker facilities capacity

INEOS has announced plans to construct a world-scale Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Europe. The plant will produce 750,000 tpy of propylene for INEOS units across the continent.

Wison Engineering awarded 40 MMtpy ethylene cracking contract from zhejiang

SHANGHAI — Wison Engineering announced that its non-wholly owned subsidiary, Wison Engineering (China) Limited, was awarded a contract by Zhejiang Petrochemical Co., Ltd to deliver nine ethylene cracking furnaces for a 40 MMtpy refining and chemical integrated complex (Phase I). The 9 ethylene cracking furnaces will be in modularized fabrication and scheduled to be delivered in modular by early 2018.

China ethanol exports jump as Beijing boosts local output

BEIJING (Reuters) — China's ethanol exports soared in April from the same month the year before and imports slowed to a trickle, the latest sign that Beijing's drive to ramp up local output is upending trade flows in the world's fastest-growing biofuel market.

Fluor begins mechanical construction for Dow Chemical project

IRVING, Texas – Fluor Corporation has begun the mechanical construction for The Dow Chemical Company’s new ethylene derivative facility in Freeport, Texas.

Brazil minister backs tariff to curb US ethanol imports

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) -- Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi has asked Brazil's foreign trade council to impose tariffs on ethanol imports following a surge in shipments from the United States, an official said on Thursday, a move that could stir trade tensions with the Trump administration.

Metso to supply emergency shutdown valves at Orpic petchem complex in Oman

Metso will supply 400 Neles emergency shutdown (ESD) valves for an ethylene cracker as part of the new Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex (LPIC) Project in Sohar, Oman.